The DEFAC forecast just came in and the funds available for appropriation are down by $700,000; not as bad as it could have been, but not good like past years when this last report would tick up.
Sheila and I have been in deep discussions with Joint Finance Committee (JFC) members and our other Senators and Representatives as they prepare to finalize the Budget, Bond, and Grant-In-Aid Bills. They’re commending many of you on your efforts to communicate your successful outcomes.
The social media campaign trumpeting your successes continues to roll through Delaware. #OurDelaware #PartnersInAstrongerDelaware Many of you have sent us powerful images and stories that we’ve been able to get out to our public officials over social media. Keep them coming and we thank you!
Contact your JFC Members and Legislators
As you saw in the letter we sent you Monday morning from the JFC Co-Chair, Melanie George Smith, she intends to try to make any necessary cuts based on the JFC member recommendations, as opposed to “across-the-board.” Because of this, it’s that much more important for you and your boards, staff, and clients to reach out to them and make certain they know your great outcomes. Carefully craft a brief message for them to use in emails and phone messages, in 3 or 4 sentence talking points, that state how you make your clients lives better, as well as what the impact a 5% or 10% funding cut would have on the services you provide, or how a 5% or 10% cut in funding could impact employment at your nonprofit.
The final meeting for the Grant-In-Aid Bill will be on Tuesday, June 28 at 12:30 pm in the JFC Meeting Room at Legislative Hall, Dover, DE.
Voter Voice – We’ve added this new tool for your convenience in getting your important messages to your elected officials. You can just send this link along with your specific talking points (for them to add to the Voter Voice message) to your board, staff, volunteers, and clients and they can send a message to your elected officials.
Here’s the list of the Joint Finance Committee Assignments, that we sent out to you in May. Download the file here.
As always, reach out to me with any questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org